According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants have again dipped into their reserve funds and signed former LSU product and Mike Fontenot‘s best bud, Ryan Theriot to a one year deal worth $1.25 million with incentives of up to $750,000.
Theriot, who owns a .282/.344/.353 line in seven MLB seasons is expected to provide insurance for both Brandon Crawford and Freddy Sanchez, but will most likely be the starting shortstop once Bruce Bochy watches Brandon Crawford go 0-3 one evening, assuming he makes the club out of Spring – which he should.
Defensively, Theriot really isn’t adequate at shortstop (and that’s being polite) so the Giants will take a hefty ding defensively, and while he does bring a more competent stick than Crawford, I question if the difference is that significant when combined with the sub-par defense.
I certainly don’t mind it as a depth addition (in fact, I’d call it a solid move), but, well, I think we’re pretty much all aware of what’s going to go down eventually in this scenario.
Either way, welcome to the Black & Orange, The Riot.